Art Tools & MaterialsA list of my essential “go to” tools and materials
Any art journal will do. My particular ‘journal’ is numerous small pieces of paper I place on a large board on my easel. I also like Pentalic journals.
Keep it simple to begin with. The 3 primaries of red, yellow, and blue plus black and white will create an infinity of colors. You can use what you have in your studio. You may not need to purchase anything. For acrylics, I like Golden, Matisse and Blick Studio Basics brands. I also occasionally use Liquitex Basics and Utrecht Studio or another brand for affordability.
Note: if you’re focused on color, you may want to get warm and cool variations on the 3 primaries…I wouldn’t worry about this for now…but if that’s important to you here are some examples:
- Red: cadmium red light, alizarin crimson
- Blue: ultramarine blue, cobalt blue
- Yellow: cadmium yellow medium, cadmium yellow light
- Carbon black (fluid acrylic, Golden)
- Titanium white (fluid acrylic, Golden)
- Zinc white (Golden)
- Transparent red oxide (fluid acrylic, Golden)
- Payne’s gray (fluid acrylic, Golden)
- Van Dyke brown (fluid acrylic, Golden)
- Naple’s yellow hue (Golden acrylic artist color, 5 oz. tube)
- Mar’s gray in a tube or jar (Golden)
I love Golden Acrylic Glazing Medium (satin) or Liquitex gloss medium and varnish. These mediums help extend the paint. You can create fluid acrylic paint by mixing this medium with acrylic paint straight out of the tube. This is completely optional.